I worked at a place named Gaea...my niece is Athea which my sister in law adapted from Athena...both good strong 'goddess' names. She usually ends up as Thea for short. Gaea or Gaia is Mother Earth and actually means large breasted ie fertile and abundant!
Anya - Like this Amalia nn Mali - isn't this the name of Barack Obama's daughter? Sounds too much like Amelia and Marley for me. Cara - Lovely. Catriona nn Cat - Like. Gaia - Beautiful! Emmeline - No, again very like Emily,Emme Juliet - Lovely, but prefer the spelling Juliette. Sasha - Lovely Thea - Like.
I'd choose Gaia, it's beautiful and not very common. Juliette is lovely too.
Anya - lovely name Amalia nn Mali - much prefer Amelia, think she will have to spend her life spellng it out and people getting her name wrong. Cara - ok Catriona nn Cat - love Gaia - love but may get some unkind comments Emmeline - only use if you REALLY love. Everyone will mishear and think she is called Emily Juliet - love, was on our shortlist for DD Sasha - ok Thea - ok but very now.
Anya - love it Amalia nn Mali - sounds too much like you're trying to avoid Amelia. I still think some will end up calling her Amelia by mistake Cara - okay, don't love it Catriona nn Cat - as long as it is pronounced Catrina! Gaia - Not a fan Emmeline - I'm not sure whether you intend to pronounce Emmeleen or Emmeline (to ryhme with rhine) but whichever way, some people will choose the other way! Juliet - Okay, don't love it Sasha - Don't love it Thea - love it
Thanks so much everyone for all the opinions... My favourites are Gaia and Thea while DH's are Anya and Amalia.
Amalia nn Mali - DH thinks pretty, unusual and international. There is a Dutch princess Amalia and my friend is from Eastern Europe. Like Emmeline/Emily, I do wonder if the confusion with Amelia again might start to grate. Also as DD is Lydia, are the -ia suffixes are a bit too matchy?
JiltedJohnsJulie - not sure why giving the name Gaia wouldn't be kind, is it because some people might pronounce Gay-a? I love the goddess/nature association
Thea also - I LOVE this but does it work with Lydia as the vowel sounds are the same?
MelinaM - Barack Obama's daughter is named Malia which is pronounced like Maria.
Juliet - beautiful but can you think of any nicknames. Not keen on Jules, or Julie (shudder)
Would be grateful for any other suggestions! Especially any that don't end in -a / ia. Love Alice too but can't use.
This is our first go and girls names are far easier than boys! Gutted we can't use Titus (that would be unkind)